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MPAA Rating: R (For Language, Violence, Sexual Content and Brief Drug Use)
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Paddy Considine, Radha Mitchell, Oscar Isaac
Based on the short story by: Ken Kalfus
Written For The Screen and Directed by: Scott Z. Burns
Retail Price: $26.98
Features: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Scott Z. Burns and Executive Producer Peter Berg
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Chapter Selection (10 Chapters)
Released: March 25th, 2008
"Pu-239" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it's a terrific transfer. Except for instances with noise and edge halos, as well as some blemishes, this is a very sharp and clean transfer. The stylized, filtered look director Scott Burns employs comes off really well here, with surprisingly vibrant and deep color saturation. Detail is excellent too, and fleshtones look pretty accurate. This is a sharp transfer that really captures that really breathes life into film's excellent visuals.
Also included is a Spanish Dolby Surround track, English closed captions, plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
"Pu-239" is a pretty gripping thriller, which is made all the more interesting in the sense that its a character study and ethics tale. The DVD is well put together, with a good 5.1 mix, solid transfer and highly informative commentary track. I'd recommend a purchase if you saw it on HBO and really enjoyed it. Otherwise, this is a solid rental.